Shobhabazar Rajbari

Among the old Royal Houses in Kolkata you can mention the name of Shobhabazar Rajbari. The house is known for its display of aristocracy. The edifice was given shape with the initiative of Raja Nabakrishna Deb. He was the most known and eminent personality in Kolkata. He was a part of the famous Brahmo Samaj Movement and this was being initiated with the true efforts of Raja Rammohan Roy. The fame of the house lies in the celebration of the famous Durga Puja. The Puja takes places from the month of October to November. The home has become one of the heritage sites of Kolkata and once you enter the Rajbari you will get an idea regarding the zamindars of the time. The feudal lords dominated the area at one point of time.

The Specific Location

The Shobhabazar Rajbari is located in the Shobhabazar area which is close to Shyambazar in Kolkata.

The History of Sobhabazar Rajbari

The Rajbari was built during the year of 1700. It was built by Raja Nabakrshna Deb and he is the youngest son of Ram Charan Deb. Ram Charan Deb was the famous businessman of the time and he was the Diwan of the Nawab of Cuttack. However, after the death of the father, the family went to live in the village of Gobindapur. Nabakrishna Deb came in contact with Lord Clive and from the time he started having his good fortune. Nabakrishna Deb was well versed in Parsi language and he was so well educated that he started having the best career under the supervision of Lord Clive. During the time he rose in power. Lord Clive made him his personal Confidential Secretary. The Raja became a perfect negotiator between the Mughals and the British and this way the relationship between the Nawabs and the Rajas and the British became so strong. The local people paid him immense respected despite his acquaintance with the English people.

The Raja is known for his contribution in matters of Bengal Renaissance. He started the norm of the Durga Puja and this made his the head of the Bengal heritage. In 1757 at the time of Battle of Plassey the first Durga Puja was initiated at the Rajbari. At the time the Rajbari became the symbol of Bengal culture and heritage. The festival was aptly celebrated with perfect pomp and grandeur. Some of the famous dignitaries were invited during the festival. Here are the names of the famous personalities who visited the Sobhabazar Rajbari at the time. These people were Sadhak Ramprasad, Thakur Ramkrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Debendra Nath Tagore, Rabindra Nath Tagore and the rest.